Oklahoma Republicans scored major electoral victories in Tuesday's general election, sweeping into the governor's office and key state positions in landslide victories and even scoring a few upsets.
In the state gubernatorial race, Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin beat Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins with more than 60 percent of the vote, making Fallin the first woman to hold the state's executive office.
Republican Todd Lamb also beat out Democrat Kenneth Corn with 64 percent of the vote in the lieutenant governor's race, while state attorney general Republican candidate Scott Pruitt scored 65 percent of the vote against Democratic rival Jim Priest.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL
In all, Republicans won elections for every statewide elected office. The other Republicans running for statewide office who scored 60 percent or more of the vote in their respective victories include Mark Costello for labor commissioner and Ken Miller, who won the spot for state treasurer.
Gary Jones, the Republican challenger to state auditor and inspector Steve Burrage, also came away with victory, with almost 56 percent of the vote.
A second upset came in the insurance commissioner race, in which Republican challenger John Doak defeated incumbent Kim Holland with nearly 55 percent of the vote.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, and U.S. Reps. John Sullivan and Frank Lucas, easily won re-election, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote, while U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's Congressional caucus, won by a slimmer margin of nearly 57 percent.
Republican James Lankford also handily won Governor-elect Fallin's vacated U.S. House seat with almost 63 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, State Question 744, which mandated funding common education to an average regional level, went down in flames, with more than 81 percent against the measure. A related measure, which would not allow constitutional mandates on state spending levels, also failed, with almost 63 percent voting against it.
State questions that met easy passage with 60 percent or more of the vote include:
" State Question 746, the voter identification measure, with 74 percent of the vote.
" State Question 747, imposing term limits on all statewide elected offices, at almost 70 percent.
" State Question 751, which requires all official state actions be conducted in English, at around 76 percent.
" State Question 752, which adds two people to the Judicial Nominating Commission, with about 63 percent.
" State Question 755, forbidding courts to use Sharia law in decisions, at around 70 percent.
" State Question 756, which forbids making any person to participate in a health care program, passed with about 65 percent of the vote.
Voters were more split on other state questions, including:
" State Question 750, a measure that lowers the number of signatures necessary for initiative petitions, squeaked to victory with just slightly more than half the vote;
" State Question 748, which changes the makeup of the Legislative Apportionment Committee, won passage with about 58 percent of the vote; and
" State Question 757, which increases the percentage of state revenue going toward the Rainy Day Fund, won with about 51 percent of the vote.
In other races, Democrat Emily Virgin beat Republican Kent Hunt with almost 64 percent of the vote for House District 44 representative, while incumbent District 84 State Rep. Sally Kern, a Republican, bested Democratic challenger Brittany Novotny.
District 85 incumbent, Republican David Dank, also staved off challenges by Democrat Gail Vines and independent candidate Edward Shadid, winning with 58 percent of the vote.
In the contentious race for District 7 District Judge, Cindy Truong beat Pat Crawley with about 57 percent of the vote.
District 3 County Commissioner Ray Vaughn, a Republican, and District 1 County Commissioner Willa Johnson, a Democrat, both won re-election. "Clifton Adcock